ROCHDALE will name their Law Cup 17 from a provisional 20-man squad that includes no fewer than EIGHT players with Oldham connections.
Interviewed on their club website, several of them say Oldham is the club they most want to play against in 2017. Jack Holmes, for instance, says he “wants to prove a point”.
The five former Roughyeds players in the squad are full-back Miles Greenwood, centre Holmes, half-back Lewis Palfrey, second-row man Josh Crowley and loose-forward Gary Middlehurst.
Greenwood is Oldham-born, as are three other members of the squad — centre Lewis Galbraith (ex-St Anne’s), scrum-half Danny Yates (Waterhead) and utility back Ryan Maneely (Saddleworth Rangers).
Lewis Palfrey told the Hornets website: “You go into every game to do your best. It’s nice winning the Law Cup. There’s a lot of history in it and it’ a local derby.
“To go back to my old club on their home ground and to lift the trophy as man of the match would be pretty special.”
Confirming that it will be a hotly-contested, full-on derby, Hornets coach Alan Kilshaw said: “It’s as close to a league or cup game as you can get.
“Oldham have a very good home record and should be commended for their performances in the Championship last year. Off the field, we have a lot of respect for the club. They have a low budget, like us, and they get the best out of their players.
“They are well coached and off the field there is respect, but once we get over there we won’t be respecting them on the field. We will be firing in.”
Over to you, Roughyeds !